As a Lady-Comp user, if you are currently not trying to conceive, you may be looking for a form of birth control to use on your fertile days. If so, one option that may interest you are barrier methods, which are various forms of birth control that block sperm from entering your uterus. The types of barrier methods include the male condom, female condom, diaphragm, sponge, and cervical cap. Any of these methods can be strengthened by also using a spermicide, which will kill most of the sperm as it enters your vagina, leaving fewer sperm for the barrier method to block.
The following are some advantages of using barrier methods.
- No pre-planning is required. They can be put in place at the time of sexual intercourse.
- They are temporary methods which have no long term effects on the fertility of either partner.
- They are safe to use while you are breastfeeding.
- Unlike hormonal birth control, they cannot aggravate medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- They are available without a prescription.
The following are some disadvantages of using barrier methods.
- Aside from the male condom, other forms of barrier methods have little to no effectiveness in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
- The combination of diaphragms and spermicides has been linked to causing urinary tract infections.
- Some people suffer from allergies to nonoxynol-9, which is the primary ingredient in most spermicides.
- Condoms may tear or fall off due to improper size or placement.
- Some people suffer from a latex allergy, in which case they must use condoms made of polyurethane, which is slightly less effective.
- Some people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed interrupting foreplay to implement the use of a barrier method.
Ultimately, the method you decide to use is a very personal decision. If you are trying to decide which is right for you, talk with your physician and your partner.